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CSFA Number: 444-80-2218
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
2218
Agency Contact
Karrie Rueter
2175572943
dhs.youthservicesinfo@illinois.gov
Short Description
The overall purpose of the Violence Intervention & Prevention Positively Uplifting (Youth Through) Zealous and Zestful Learning Engagements (V.I.P. P.U.Z.Z.L.E.) Project is to ensure that at-risk youth who live in communities that have experienced high rates of gun violence and homicides receive the support they need to remain in and graduate from high school, demonstrate the ability to make proactive socioemotional choices and successfully pursue their higher education and career goals. This approach will account for the youth's physical, emotional, social, and mental health needs while helping them to secure and sustain employment and/or achieve higher education ensuring a greater likelihood of success and self-sufficiency.

The individual and/or family risk factors of youth targeted by the program include but are not limited to the following:
• Youth between the ages of 11-24
• Youth living in a single-parent household
• Youth residing in a household receiving TANF funds
• Youth experiencing academic difficulties
• Youth has witnessed or been a victim of violence
• Youth with siblings who dropped out of school
• Youth with siblings who are teen parents
• Youth with siblings who are involved in the juvenile justice system
• Youth with one or both parents who are incarcerated
• Youth in the DCFS system

Priority Target Population:
• Reside in communities located on the South or West side of Chicago, IL
• Deemed academically off track according to CPS
• Have low school attendance (missed more than 40% of the academic year)
• Have 1-3 in-school disciplinary infractions
• Have police involvement
• Have heightened exposure to violence/trauma based on their residency in community areas
• Have experienced trauma due to high rates of gun violence and homicides
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Education
Enabling Legislation
Provider named in State Budget line.
Provider - Books Over Balls
Objectives and Goals
Primary Performance Standards
• 90% of eligible youth will complete activities associated with proposed programs in which they enroll.
• 80% of young adults between the ages of 18-24 that participate in career readiness program will be gainfully employed by the end of the funding period.
• 100% of enrolled youth will meet eligibility criteria.
• 80% of enrolled youth between the ages of 16-24 will complete a career readiness pre & post assessment evaluation.
• 80 % of assessed youth between the ages of 16-24 will demonstrate work readiness skills improvement.
• 80% of youth will complete career education activities utilizing Illinois Pathways strategies.
• 80% of youth enrolled in grades 6-12 will develop higher education plans.
• 80% of youth requiring supportive services will receive those services.
• 80% of enrolled youth will have an individualized case plan.
• 80% of youth will either meet or exceed established case plan goals.
• 80% of out-of-school youth between the ages of 18-24 will continuously engage in secondary and/or post educational studies.
• 80% of youth will have improved educational outcomes including attainment of HS Diploma or GED, Grade Level promotion, re-enrollment into HS, enrollment into GED classes, enrollment in Higher Ed or Technical School, etc.
• 90% of youth will not engage in criminal activities which include and is not limited to acts of violence.
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Examples of sample data collection measurements that align to key performance outcomes:

Impact Area: College & Career Readiness

Outcomes:
• Increased access to affordable and quality technical, vocational, and post-secondary education resources
• Increased number of youth demonstrating achievement-based literacy and numeracy
• Increased number of children completing free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education
• Increased number of youths who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills for employment
• Increased number of youth and young adults that gain meaningful applicable skills and knowledge in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Sample Performance Indicators:
• # of youth that maintain or improve school attendance
• # of youth that maintain or improve grades or progress reporting in school
• # of youth that are actively engaged in learning
• # of youth that are motivated and strive to do well in school
• # of youth that advance to next grade level
• # of youth passing state & national level standardized tests
• # youth that have enrolled in college
• # of students that have identified career and academic goals and aspirations
• % of enrolled youth meeting eligibility criteria

Impact Area: Health and Safety/ Life Skills Development

Outcomes:
• Increased access to life sustaining resources
• Improved awareness of the value of a healthy lifestyle
• Increased access to/use of health services
• Increased level of self-appraisal, motivation, goal setting skills and ability to deal with obstacles that almost every disadvantaged youth face
• Reduced exposure to crime and violence
Sample Performance Indicators:
• # of youth that do not experience or reduce truancy incidents
• # of youth involved in violent, firearm-related crimes as compared
• # of youth that get incarcerated
• # of youth that partake in drug/alcohol related activities
• # of youth that exhibit risky behaviors
• # of youth that experience bullying

Impact Area(s): Recreation, Sports, and Cultural/Artistic Activities

Outcomes:
• Increased number of opportunities for participants to engage in cultural enrichment and fine art activities
• Increased number of opportunities for participants to demonstrate sportsmanship and athletic skills.
• Increased number of opportunities for participants to increase their level of activity.

Performance Indicators:
• # of participants that demonstrate sportsmanship
• # of participants that believe it is important to follow rules
• # of participants that respect the ability and contribution of others
• # of participants that engage in activities that foster creativity and spirituality
• # of participants that demonstrate positive relationships with peers
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Refer to grant agreement
Eligibility Requirements
Targeted Population
The primary focus is on providing resources that are designed to address concerns related to poverty, academic inefficiencies, high school drop-out rates, violence, mental health issues and high unemployment rates which are all identifiable factors that disproportionately plague underserved communities. Additionally, youth that receive free and/or reduced lunch correlates with high levels of below average academic performance rates in comparison to the entire State of Illinois.


Priority Targeted Population
The primary targeted population that will benefit from the services that will be provided include youth between the ages of 11-24 the that reside in communities located on the South and West sides of Chicago, IL which are categorized as one of the following:
• Economically Disadvantaged
• At Risk Youth
• Acutely High-Risk Youth
• Youth That Are At The Highest Level of Risk In Regards To Getting Involved With Gun Violence Incidents


Program Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility will include but not be limited to the following:

Age Group: In-school youth ages 11-24, and out of school youth ages 16-24
Income Level: Extremely Low-to-Moderate Level Income Households including the Working Poor
Poverty Levels: Individuals and families that reside in households that are at or below the nation poverty average
Schools: Middle & high school students that reside in Chicago that demonstrate low levels of academic achievement in comparison to the entire state
Secondary Education & High School Enrollment: Students that are at risk of not completing high school and/or enroll in institutes of higher education
Free/Reduced Lunch: Middle and high school students that receive free/reduced lunch
Household Type: Single parent households and/or youth that are considered first generation college students


Eligibility Identifiers
• Must be an Illinois Resident
• Must be between the ages of 11-24
• At risk of involvement or further involvement in the criminal or juvenile justice system, including ex- offenders
• At risk of involvement in the child welfare system
• At risk of education failure (includes risk due to social conditions)
• Education failure (Dropped Out, Expelled, etc., no GED)
• Youth with no work experience or a history of employment failure
• Homeless youth
• Youth with a disability
• Family income does not exceed 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Participants must also provide documentation to support the above eligibility requirements as well as the following:
• Proof of Illinois residency
• Program Eligibility Application
• Most Recent Transcripts
• 100 words or less essay explaining why they would like to enroll in the program
• Complete pre assessment and case plan
• Submit written agreement acknowledging expectations that must be met to remain in program (Youth between the ages of 11-17 must have parental or legal guardian authorize their participation)
Eligible Applicants
For-Profit Organizations;
Assistance Consideration
None
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYP05377-FCSYP05377BOOKS OVER BALLS07/01/201906/30/2020250,000